Swim Lessons

A student jumps to swim instructor Nick Van Meter during a lesson at Goldfish Swim School in Boise, Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Learning to swim from a qualified instructor reduces the risk of drowning by 88% among children ages 1 to 4.

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The Pool and Hot Tub Alliance issued a press release about its Step Into Swim initiative, a program committed to safe swim education. In addition, the group shared results of its national survey about swimming safety concerns and tips for keeping kids safer in the water. With drowning as the leading cause of death among children ages 1 to 4, these efforts underscore the importance of swimming education, instilling confidence in young swimmers and empowering parents to foster safe practices in the water, said the release.

The survey was conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of PHTA among 606 parents of kids 14 and under, and showed parents are concerned about their children’s safety and swimming abilities in the pool. Around 83% of parents who have kids ages 14 and under are confident in their child’s ability to be safe in the water, the survey said, yet 65% say they are concerned about their child drowning in a pool. Despite these concerns, only 54% plan to enroll their child in formal swimming lessons this year.

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